New COVID-19 guidelines

Press Release

The NWHU is sending this media release to bring residents up-to-date with the situation locally, and with new provincial recommendations.Currently in our area, there have not been any positive cases of COVID-19. NWHU is following up on all tests that have been done in the area, and will provide an update if any cases are identified. Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) is working with local, provincial, and federal partners to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 situation as it evolves. At this time, COVID-19 testing is not recommended if you are not sick and have no symptoms. If you are feeling unwell and are not sure if you should be tested, call your local NWHU office.As per the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, NWHU also recommends the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

For Travellers:

  • Ontarians are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
  • If you decide to travel outside of Canada with children, the children will be required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days upon return.

For Communities:

  • Immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people is recommended.
  • During the next 3 weeks while schools are closed, consider cancelling small gatherings.• Provincially funded schools will be closed in Ontario until April 6th.
  • Child care centres should screen children, parents, staff and visitors for any symptoms of COVID-19 and travel history.

For Workplaces:

  • Workplaces should consider what supports can be put into place for employees who may have to self-isolate, self-monitor, or are ill.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit or call your local NWHU office.